Jane C. Govednik

Correspondent

  • Bristol, Rhode Island, USA

Jane C. Govednik is a correspondent who lives in Rhode Island and covers the cities of Newport and Providence for Forbes Travel Guide. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Govednik enjoys exploring the diverse beauty of her home state. From its idyllic beaches to its lively city scene, Rhode Island offers so much to do and see. Govednik graduated from Brown University and has covered fitness, health and beauty topics for various local publications, including The Providence Journal, SO Rhode Island Magazine and Providence Monthly, among others.

  • On July 2, 2014
  • On May 27, 2014
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    Where is The Vanderbilt Grace located?

    The Vanderbilt Grace is located at 41 Mary Street, a short distance from the northern end of Thames Street, the charming cobblestone road that serves as the hub of downtown Newport. Guests enjoy easy walking access to many of the city's shops, galleries, restaurants and bars, as well as the activities that await along the water, such as harbor tours and sailing charters. Although the hotel is right in the heart of the city, there's a sense of intimacy within the walls of the property. During the warmer months, guests can sit outside on the hotel's cozy garden terrace and enjoy a peaceful escape not far removed from the lively City By the Sea.
  • On October 17, 2013
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    What is the design style of Mill Street Inn?

    Mill Street Inn is decorated throughout in warm, soothing colors with bright accent pieces. When you walk through the doors of the inn's striking brick structure, you enter into a stunning foyer with contemporary furniture, slate-tiled floors, cutting-edge light fixtures and modern wood-paneled walls. This state-of-the-art style offers an intriguing contrast to the exposed brick walls that allude to the building's history as a working mill. This contrast continues to be a style theme throughout the hotel, as the guest rooms at the Newport hotel feature sleek furniture and the latest technology alongside the charm of exposed brick walls and original wooden beams.
  • On October 17, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit Mill Street Inn?

    Like Newport itself, Mill Street Inn is busiest from June through September. These warm summer months are, after all, an ideal time to enjoy the city's many water activities and explore its unique attractions, including the scenic Cliff Walk and the historic Newport Mansions. It is also when most of Newport's waterfront events, concerts and festivals take place, all of which bring an abundance of visitors. The hotel's close proximity to the city's downtown area makes it an ideal place to stay when the weather is mild enough to walk to the many shops, restaurants and wharfs that surround vibrant Thames Street along Newport Harbor.

    Do not, however, discount staying at Mill Street Inn during the off-season. The cooler months are when Newport is a bit less congested, and visitors have a chance to see the city in its less crowded state. This is also a perfect time to stay in one of Mill Street Inn's townhouse suites, to take advantage of the bedroom's cozy gas fireplace while sipping hot tea offered by the hotel.
  • On October 17, 2013
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    Where is Mill Street Inn located?

    Fittingly, Mill Street Inn is located on Mill Street, a charming side street in Newport's elegant Historic Hill district that runs perpendicular to Thames Street, which is the center of the city's action. Ideal for walking, the neighborhood features a mix of historic homes and buildings that date back to America's Colonial and Federal periods, as well as distinctive shops and attractive parks.

    A stone's throw from the city's bustling downtown area, and a short drive from its famed beaches and mansions, the hotel is in an ideal spot for visitors looking for lush lodging that is close to Newport's most popular attractions.
  • On October 11, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn?

    There are a few options for making reservations at The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn: You can simply call the restaurant at 401-849-3800 or toll-free at 888-466-1355, or you can go to the Castle Hill Inn website to easily make reservations online. The restaurant takes reservations for parties of any size (up to 40 people) in The Dining Room, but does not accept advanced bookings for alfresco dining on The Lawn; the Adirondack chairs and outside tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis only. If you have any questions about booking a table, feel free to call and speak to a member of the staff — everyone is helpful and accommodating.
  • On October 11, 2013
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    What is the scene like at The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn?

    Inside The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn, which is spread among four spaces in the mansion-like Castle Hill Inn, the scene is lively yet intimate. The rooms allow for easy conversation in a relaxed and sophisticated setting. The afternoon crowd is a mixture of businesspeople, friends and inn guests grabbing a lunch of pan-seared Georges Bank scallops with smoked quinoa, shaved apple, turnips, peanuts and brown butter, or a mixed greens salad with Earl Grey-pickled beets, Vermont goat cheese, walnut-fennel-frond pesto and a tarragon-buttermilk dressing.

    In the evening, diners tend to come in cozy parties of two or slightly bigger parties of four to six (though larger parties are welcomed) for the more formal three-, five- or eight-course prix-fixe menus heavy with seafood dishes, such as butter-poached Maine lobster clambake with roasted corn, chorizo, pous pied, marble potatoes and smoked seaweed broth, or the red-pepper-poached halibut. Outside on The Lawn and terrace, the atmosphere is a bit more casual, as guests enjoy oyster martinis (Crop tomato vodka, sambal-cilantro purée, Clamato and a Rhode Island oyster) and lighter picnic fare (steamed littleneck clams with housemade kielbasa in a smoked seaweed broth with chiles and crostini; or a lobster roll with tarragon-crème fraîche dressing) while lounging on the picture-perfect Adirondack chairs.
  • On October 11, 2013
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    What is the dress code at The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn?

    There's no precise dress code at The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn per se, but when you're dining on an artfully designed three- or five-course seafood-centric dinner, you'll want to look the part: a chic dress or nice pants and a blouse for the ladies, and a suit jacket and dress pants for the men. While dining alfresco can be a bit more casual, you'll still want to complement your striking surroundings accordingly. When deciding what to wear for your visit, think classic Newport style: timeless and elegant with a dash of nautical. And when in doubt, always err on the side of dressier.
  • On October 11, 2013
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    What restaurants does Castle Hill Inn have?

    Guests looking for culinary options at Castle Hill Inn have many choices insofar as when, where and how to dine. While the gourmet breakfast (try the Maine lobster hash with poached eggs and chive crème fraîche or the pancakes suzette topped with Grand Marnier syrup, toasted pecans, citrus and tarragon) is available exclusively to those staying at the inn, anyone is permitted to enjoy lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch on the property.

    Inside the inn's mansion there are four dining rooms that all share the same menu; there is a separate menu, with raw bar selections, for those who wish to dine outside on the lawn. The restaurant menus change seasonally to offer the freshest selections, and the chefs prepare dishes with as many locally grown items as possible — some even from the Newport hotel's own gardens. For lunch, start with a flatbread topped with littleneck clams, pork belly, garlic-herb butter, tomato confit and spicy red pepper aioli, then move onto an entrée such as pan-seared Georges Bank scallops with smoked quinoa, shaved apple, turnips, peanuts and brown butter. At dinner, choose from three-, five- or eight-course prix-fixe menus. Expect dishes such as butter-poached Maine lobster clambake with roasted corn, chorizo, pous pied, marble potatoes and smoked seaweed broth, or Berkshire pork and clams with grilled pork tenderloin and bacon, broiled native littlenecks, Rhode Island-style chowder, brabant potatoes and pea tendrils.

    Given the location of the inn and its surrounding area, whether you choose to dine inside or alfresco, you will be presented with views of Narragansett Bay that are beyond compare.
  • On October 11, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at Castle Hill Inn?

    There are nine guest rooms in Castle Hill Inn's regal 19th-century mansion, which serves as the property's main structure. Though no two rooms are exactly alike in style, size or décor, each one provides a combination of modern-day luxury and Old World charm. All rooms feature beautifully maintained hardwood floors, luxurious bathroom furnishings, cozy fireplaces and, of course, gorgeous views. The best vista in the house, however, belongs to the Turret Suite, a two-story guest room boasting a 360-degree panoramic perspective of Narragansett Bay.

    Castle Hill Inn's Beach Houses and Cottages are located close to the entrance of the property, and each of these units opens its door right to the Newport inn's private beach. The serene, relaxing interiors in shades of white, blue and sea green complement the gentle sounds of the waves crashing along the cove. Semi-private decks with patio furniture offer the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee, become immersed in a book or catch up on email (the entire property is Wi-Fi enabled and accessible at no additional cost).

    The quaint, charming exteriors of both the Harbor Houses and the Chalet give little hint to the neutral-toned, sleek, sophisticated rooms that await inside their doors. These romantic, semi-secluded rooms overlook the peninsula's rocky harbor, and are just a short walk from the mansion, where a full gourmet breakfast (selections range from oatmeal with local honey, apple compote and cinnamon to Maine lobster hash with poached eggs, and chive crème fraîche) and afternoon high tea are served daily.
  • On October 11, 2013
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    Where is Castle Hill Inn located?

    Set on its own private peninsula just a few miles from lively downtown Newport, Castle Hill Inn is an ideal destination for visitors who want the best of both worlds — access to all that "The City by the Sea" has to offer, as well as a peaceful retreat a short distance from the action. The entrance to the inn is situated on famed Ocean Drive at the point where acres of farmland give way to majestic views of Narragansett Bay. If you’re looking for a scenic excursion, continue traveling on Ocean Drive to take in the stunning beaches, scenic cliffs and some of Newport's most magnificent and historic homes.
  • On September 26, 2013
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    What restaurants does Hotel Viking have?

    Hotel Viking is home to the restaurant One Bellevue, located right off the hotel's main lobby. Sophisticated and inviting, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as a thoroughly beloved Afternoon Tea. One Bellevue consists of an elegant bar area called One Bellevue Lounge, a well-appointed Salon, as well as an enchanting Garden Room. During the warmer months, guests can sit outside on the restaurant's Garden Patio, which features lovely pineapple lamps, a charming Koi pond and a front-row view of lively Bellevue Avenue. One Bellevue offers an award-winning wine list and serves up a menu of fresh, creative offerings from both land and sea. On select evenings from Memorial Day to Labor Day, guests can also enjoy food and drinks at Hotel Viking's Top of Newport bar. With spirited beverages, live entertainment and an exquisite perspective of the city, a visit to Top of Newport is a must during the summer.
  • On September 26, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit Hotel Viking?

    Every season in Newport has its own distinct beauty, so a visit to Hotel Viking is a wise choice any time of year. The summer brings the hustle and bustle of the high tourist season, with many attractions and activities to keep everyone entertained: magnificent beaches, food and music festivals and an abundance of al fresco dining options along the water. Then there's the cool, breezy air in the fall, which slows the pace down a bit and allows for more breathing room when exploring the city. Winter in Newport is always a special time, and watching the snow gently cover Hotel Viking's cozy outdoor courtyard is a sight to behold.  Additionally at holiday time, the hotel decks out its lobby in festive, opulent décor to the delight of its visitors. Finally, the renewing elements of springtime make it a wonderful time to relax and enjoy the unhurried Newport scene.
  • On September 26, 2013
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    Where is Hotel Viking located?

    Due to its central location in the city, Hotel Viking offers easy access to everything Newport has to offer: its picturesque beaches, historic sites, scenic attractions, sprawling parks and vibrant downtown. Occupying One Bellevue Avenue, the hotel sits atop Newport's Historic Hill, an area that consists of numerous buildings and homes built during America's Colonial and Federal periods. Bellevue Avenue is also one of Newport's exclusive streets, and just about a mile south of the hotel you'll find many of the famous Newport Mansions, which continue to prevail as the most prominent reminders of the city's Golden Age.
  • On September 20, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at Spiced Pear?

    It is recommended that you secure a reservation at Spiced Pear, as seating is limited and in demand. You can make a reservation online via Spiced Pear's website or by calling 401-847-2244. The dining room can reserve seating for parties of up to 10 with advanced notice; parties larger than 10 are asked to contact the group sales department at 401-847-1300. To dine at the chef's table, a 48-hour advanced reservation is required. This experience is available for parties of two to six, and guests are seated at 7 p.m. Reservations are not needed at lunch; tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Newport restaurant.